The opposite of a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma, SophistiCut Salon & Spa is a pampering haven wrapped inside another pampering haven. The salon and spa sets up shop inside Long Island Marriott hotel's beautifying oasis, and it’s no secret what happens there. Professional stylists and aestheticians pamper clients with a full menu of services. Though these range from signature haircuts to color applications and highlights, the versatile staff's skills, like Vulcan ears, extend far past hair. Hot stones and aromatherapy oils ripple across muscles like a coin dropped into a sink full of milk, and aestheticians deep clean skin and shrink pores with facials.
With a menu that introduces traditional Italian fare to a modern culinary sensibility, Adesso Bistro's chefs have garnered acclaim from a host of publications including the Vancouver Courier and the Globe and Mail. "Adesso" translates to "now" in Italian, symbolizing the culinary artisans' commitment to turning fresh locally sourced and organic ingredients into vibrant plates that carry the flavours of Italy's northwestern coastal region Liguria. Known for its capital city of Genoa, the seafood-loving region is dotted with small towns that produce dynamic takes on Italian staples such as foccaccia, pesto, and calamari. Adesso's owners line its facade with lush vegetation and accent the dining room with dark wood tables and chairs. Servers flit imported and local wines to tables dotting the outdoor patio among neatly trimmed bushes and the sweet sounds of the eatery's three squirrel tenors.
The skilled technicians at all of O Spa's three beauty havens focus on fostering whole-body well-being as they tend to skin with more than 10 treatments, including more than 10 massage modalities. Advanced med-spa treatments include laser hair removal with the Eterna Giovinezza by Quanta System, which destroys follicles at the root with its heated rays in 15-minute to two-hour sessions. Permanent-makeup sessions focus on defining facial features with cosmetic tattoos. The areas are first covered with a topical anesthetic to make the experience more comfortable before a permanent-makeup artist inks the lids with faux eyeliner, fills in the brows, or creates the illusion of full lips by tattooing "I Heart Mom" around them.
BodyLine Medical Spa's talented team polish and pamper sallow skins with a variety of facial treatments in a professional, relaxing environment. The SilkPeel dermal infusion employs a nonabrasive procedure that combines exfoliation with topical treatments to assuage specific skin conditions. Special rotary instruments file away surface-level cells, and targeted ingredients infiltrate deeper layers of the skin's cellular organization, where they lead letter-writing campaigns to protest the spread of fine lines and wrinkles.
Christine Adkins and Amy Gabarini, the owners of Textures Hair Studio, draw on their Goldwell Academy and John Paul Mitchell Systems training to provide clients with beautiful styles. Using Goldwell coloring and other products from brands such as Paul Mitchell, Nioxin, Onestà, and KMS, they and their team shape hair with a variety of services including haircuts and styling for men, women, teens, and children. They also specialize in services such as updos, men’s grey blending, perms, hair relaxers, and standard- and partial-foil color treatments.
Within the cozy confines of a warm amber treatment room, a professional pamperer will diligently dote on your every digit for 90 minutes. The spa-deluxe manicure and pedicure begins with an aromatic soak, calming clients from littlest piggy to largest earlobe. After flippers and clappers are satisfactorily soothed, expired skin cells are carted away until limb-ends are as soft as babies' kneepits. Unruly cuticles are trimmed and nails are filed to shapely curves, followed by a hydrating whipped-creamy mask and a relaxing hand, arm, leg, and foot massage.